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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 01-01-22

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News from the Spokesman's midday briefing

Nouvelles du rendez-vous de midi du Service Presse et Communicationb

Midday Express 22/01/2001

  • [01] La Commission approuve un accord mettant fin à un litige entre Ladbroke et le PMU français sur la retransmission des courses de chevaux françaises en Belgique La Commission européenne a autorisé un accord qui met fin à un litige concernant la retransmission des courses de chevaux françaises en Belgique qui opposait depuis de nombreuses années le bookmaker britannique Ladbroke Group Plc et l'entreprise regroupant les sociétés de courses en France, le Pari Mutuel Urbain (PMU).
  • [02] December 2000 - Euro-zone annual inflation down to 2.6% ; EU15 down to 2.3% (! embargo 12 am !) Euro-zone annual inflation fell from 2.9% in November to 2.6% in December, Eurostat reports today. A year earlier the rate was 1.7%. EU15 annual inflation fell from 2.6% in November to 2.3% in December. In December 1999 it was 1.7%. Highest annual rates were in Ireland (4.6%), Luxembourg (4.3%), Spain (4.0%) and lowest rates were in the United Kingdom (0.9%), Sweden (1.3%) and France (1.7%). Compared with November 2000, annual inflation fell in thirteen Member States, rose in one and was unchanged in one. Compared to December 1999, the biggest relative rises were in Portugal (1.7% to 3.8%), Luxembourg (2.3% to 4.3%) and Germany (1.4% to 2.3%) ; the only relative falls were in Denmark (3.1% to 2.3%) and in the United Kingdom (1.2% to 0.9%).
  • [03] El Salvador : Commission provides euro 2 million following the earthquake On Saturday 13 January, a violent earthquake hit El Salvador with devastating effects on the country and its population. So far, 681 people have been reported killed and 2,615 were injured. The number of those missing is close to 2,000 and more than 45,857 have been evacuated. The burial in a landslide of Las Colinas, a neighbourhood close to the capital city of San Salvador, was the most dramatic result of this new tragedy. The European Commission has provided an immediate response to the earthquake through its Humanitarian Aid Office (ECHO). Main priorities have already been identified and emergency assistance to the victims is currently being delivered at field level. This first euro 2 million package includes food distribution ; water and basic sanitation, relief items, health services and medical supplies for the next three months.
  • [04] Anna Diamantopoulou : "Gender equality rules will remain a dead letter unless they are properly enforced on the ground" European Commissioner for Employment and Social Affairs Anna Diamantopoulou, speaking before today's informal Council of ministers meeting in Nörrkoping, Sweden, challenged Member States to enforce rules on equal pay and conditions for men and women in Europe or to risk equality rules becoming a dead letter. She also called upon governments to provide more and better childcare facilities throughout Europe to help lift obstacles to women's entry or return to the labour market. She appealed to Member States to 'gender-comb' their tax and social security systems in order to break down disincentives to full participation of women in the jobs market.
  • [05] Autre matériel diffusé Discours de M. Prodi : "After reform : a future strategy for Europe as a whole" au International Bertelsmann Forum 'Europe without borders' (19/01, Berlin) Note sur les résultats du Conseil Ecofin (accises carburant)


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